In its continued advocacy for animal welfare, the New York State Senate passed new legislation to curb animal abuse and mistreatment of domestic animals throughout the state and encourage humane treatment. The legislation establishes a ban on the sale of puppy mill animals. It also strongly defines the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals, enacts a property inspection requirement to check for abandoned animals, and ensures the best interests of pets are considered during divorce or separation.
“The Senate Majority is dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals,” Senate Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “As Senate Majority Leader, I have emphasized the importance of animal welfare and how it reflects who we are as a society. This comprehensive package is a necessary step in combating the mistreatment, neglect, and abuse of domestic animals. These bills also promote the proper care and consideration that animals deserve. I commend the bill sponsors, and we will continue to pass common-sense legislation to keep our animal friends out of harm's way.”